Although this was not the path she would have chosen, Faith never complained or questioned “why” and never hesitated to share her and her family’s story when asked. She “gave back” many times and became a skilled public speaker, speaking with a grace and courage far beyond her years, whether she was talking to elementary school students shaving their heads to raise money for pediatric cancer research, her peers in Advanced Health class, serving as the keynote speaker at the 2011 St. Baldrick’s event at the Bolingbrook Country Club where over 2,000 people listened intently while she spoke or standing in front of hundreds of golfers at the 2013 CDH Foundation Golf Outing at Medinah Country Club where she spoke of the importance of providing funding for additional Child Life Specialists to help patients such as herself.
She was one of the oldest patients at the clinic where she was adored by the younger patients. She spent many moments playing games, doing crafts and reassuring other patients, especially those newly diagnosed, that “hair is vastly overrated” and that they, too, could be a survivor. She was truly the “princess” of the clinic and of the entire hospital where she made a lasting impact on all she met for her courage and grace despite circumstances beyond her control. Although her life was short in years, Faith has touched many lives and her memory and beautiful smile will live on forever in all those that she met.
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